I have acquired an old DEC AlphaServer 4100. I am attempting to
install Debian Alpha on it, but I can't seem to get the boot process
down. I'd like it to halt at the SRM firmware ("P00>>>"
is the prompt, white text on blue background), but it boots straight
into AlphaBios. Normally this wouldn't be an issue, since
AlphaBios notices the lack of an OS and prompts you to go into Setup
and sort that out ("No Operating System Selections
Found Press <F2> to enter
Setup and configure the
F2=Setup"). However, the problem is that I can't seem to send any
keystroke data to the COM1 backend! No matter which keys I press,
Anyway, my hope is that some people familiar with this have a way for
me to force a boot into SRM firmware, which I have dealt with before
and from which I foresee little trouble in booting my Debian boot CD.
Here's hoping! Any replies will be appreciated. Thanks in advance!